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“Dorkbot” meetings

(This is very similar to the club I wrote about in a post earlier this month, just the British version and involving more than embroidery).

From BBC News

Before there were makers there were dorks, many of whom went to Dorkbot meetings to watch people do strange things with electricity.

The Dorkbot movement was started by New York artist Douglas Repetto but they have grown far beyond the original idea of “dorks in New York” that he conceived. Now the world is dotted with Dorkbot chapters and the regular London gathering is one of the busiest.

Held at Limehouse town hall the monthly meetings showcase the ingenuity of its many members and the eclectic nature of the strange things that can be done with electricity.

Dorkbot 62 took place in mid-June and had on the bill high voltage music, creepy robots and open source embroidery.

Sarah Angliss, one of the regulars at Dorkbot, is a fan of the maker movement and in particular some of the tools, such as the Arduino microcontroller, that have been created to help tinkerers get things up and working.

Read full article and see an interview at BBC News

HTML patchwork contributed by the British gang to the Open Source Embroidery project
HTML patchwork contributed by the British gang to the Open Source Embroidery project


Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.